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HELLO 2016, BYE 2015 (part 1)

by Jean

Happy new year folks! Wish you all the best for 2016, especially tons of great new records, shows, new bands…whatever! So far this year has been pretty tough for me but, honestly, it has also been one of the most important years of my 28 years of existence on this planet. I’d like to thank all my friends and family for their support, all the DROIDxRAGE crew for being cooler than cool, and all the people I’ve met working on this website: Swedes – don’t forget /!\ FREE LINUS /!\, Gabriel, Leo, Joel, Emelie, Filil, Tor, Klas; UK – Paolo, Connor, Tom, MERCY, Ben, Jérémie, Sam, Rodney, Luke; Americans, Balaram Shakti Das (AKA Gjared), Lucas, Jean-Pierre, Connor; Canada: Karl; Brazil: Athos; Belgium: Jens; Bulgaria: Nikolay;  Australia: the Fitzsimmons twin brothers; Germany: Adrian; France: Alexis and Alexis(!) Elyas, Antoine… (sorry for those I forgot!)

Here is my 2015 top releases (photo credits (c)myself)

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2015 UKHC

by Jean

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During the early 2000s, Belgium and Netherlands were kind like a Mecca for Euro hardcore. Bands like NO TURNING BACK or TRUE COLORS, just to name a few, were at their peak and, althought I guess that spirit still exists in all-time NTB audience considering their latest LP “Never Give Up” (released a few months ago on Take Control Records and Kick Out The Jams) and Gert Jacobs (TC) latest band NOT AFRAID, it seems in 2015, England has turned into the epicentre of European conscious punk music especially if, like your (French) servant, you’re into the whole current “concept” of UK Hardcore.
(NB: I’m not a geography teacher so forgive me if these bands do not actually cover the entire United Kingdom map like former punk bands in 1980s Finland for example).

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Harder They Fall #3

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Much as I hate to use DroidxRage as a platform to whore my own wares, here comes another one! During my Summer break from University I have tried to stay creative and  put together a third issue of my zine Harder They Fall. HTF has been on hiatus since 2005. The first issue had interviews with Rise & Fall, My Luck and Down To Nothing whilst the second issue was a much slimmer volume and featured Abandon Ship. Ten years later I decided to resurrect HTF’s corpse and breathe some new life and a fresh perspective into the project. UKHC is more exciting and vibrant in 2015 than I can remember at any other time during my  involvement. There’s a wealth of brilliant bands and smart, creative people doing shows and zines and I wanted be involved and to get my hands dirty again after a few fallow years.

Harder They fall #3 is 40 pages of hardcore & Star Wars obsession and is available to order now and will start shipping August 1st. It features in depth interviews with Patrick Hassan of Digress/Repentance/CTW Records, Jeremy Smith of Modern Problems/Halfmast, Jase Fox of Rebel Legion UK, tattoo artist Adam Chandler, John Olley of Repentance and Ben Saker of Breaking Point. There’s also features on two of my favourite bands Integrity and Blood Runs Black and Celebration 2015. If any of that sounds remotely interesting  you can grab a copy from me HERE

Wholesale rate is available for five copies or more. Get in touch!

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Interview w/ John from XREPENTANCEX

This is an interview made by French dude Baptiste Edge on October, 2014 before they released “The Sickness Of Eden” LP. We would like to thank him for sending us this great stuff. XREPENTANCEX is definitly my favourite current hardcore band, and their first LP is a hella release!

So thank you John and thank you Baptiste!

by Jean.

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XREPENTANCEX ” (how to digress)

XREPENTANCEX
“The Sickness Of Eden”
CTW Records (pre-order)

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To start this review about XREPENTANCEX’s first full-length, I would like to share with you Tom’s opinion – this is shot from his own zine LOW FIDELITY (yeah I’m dealing with Tom from VIOLENT REACTION, ARMS RACE, OBSTRUCT, THE FLEX, SECTARIAN VIOLENCE).

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Couldn’t agree more. Plus, I’m not really into the 90s metallic hardcore too. It’s not that I do not like or listen to that kind of music – I think there are awesome bands and subgenres: INTEGRITY/Holy Terror scene, CHOKEHOLD, CATHARSIS, 90s german emo/metal bands such as ACME (just to name one), some H8000 bands from Belgium (like CONGRESS or ARKANGEL – by the way, the first time I listened to “In Violation Of Asa” EP, I thought it was an excellent tribute to ARKANGEL’s first MCD “Prayers Upon Deaf Ears” which is my favorite record from their discography), or french bands from Overcome Records or – my all-time fav’ – KICKBACK!
BUT, “metalcore” also means stupid religious stuffs like those leading to FALL OUT BOY (ürgh) or VEGAN JIHAD (though I like VEGAN REICH’s “Vanguard”…).

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Because I’m a curious guy, a few days ago I listened to RENOUNCED “The Melancholy We Hache” LP wich was also released on Carry The Weight Records. DROIDxRAGE co-author Tieuma selected it in 2014 top records. To be honest, I’m not fond of that record. It’s definitly TOO MUCH hah! Mainly because of the umbearable emotional parts. What I like with XREPENTANCEX is that their awesome musical skills allow them to compose just what I want to listen to speaking of metallic hardcore: this is (that’s typical when you deal with that kind of music) a huge tribute to SLAYER’s rythmic guitar riffs (like those featuring in underrated LP “Divine Intervention”), mosh parts are just increasingly efficient… Breaks are just heavy as fuck: I think nobody can’t help thinking of insane 90s moshpit mayhem kinda EARTH CRISIS’s ones while listening to this records. Anyway, starting year 2015 with this record is just soooo cool (beware: I’ve seen a teasing video of DC RED DEATH 1st LP test-press… I think it’ll be damn good).

XXX

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